Are there too many Josiah Miller's in Indiana and Kansas?
I have wondered about my family my whole life. I have been actively looking for my ancestors for two or three years. My parents are both deceased and had been married previously. I had little information to start with. I had one brother from my mother and two brothers and a sister from my father.
My paternal grandmother had sent family pictures when I was a child. I knew I had three brothers and a sister and their names. My paternal grandparents were born in Indiana, my father was born in Colby, Kansas. At that time there was no practical method of researching ones ancestry.
The computer age has changed all of that. I posted messages on web sites regarding my search for my family and received several responses from people offering assistance. My sister was searching for me at the same time and found me on ancestry.com. She sent them a message and they forwarded her messages to me and we have been in contact ever since and are working on our family tree together from Oregon and Florida.
My father was Josiah Cooper Miller II, born in Colby, Kansas in 1902. In 1976, in search of information on the Miller family, we spend our summer vacation by driving to Colby, Kansas. At the court house the clerk searched through old records and was able provide me with a copy of the ledger page where the doctor who delivered me had recorded my fathers birth. This was before computers changed the ability to obtain information on the internet.
Once again I started the search for my ancestors. I was thrilled to find information, on the internet on Josiah Miller, who resided in Kansas. I was hoping this was my grandfather however this was not my ancestor either.
This Josiah Miller:
Attended Indiana University, graduated in August 1851 and law school in 1954.
Was the publisher of the Kansas Free State newspaper at Lawrence, Kansas.
Was a member of the first state senate in Kansas in 1861.
Held patents on paint and a billiard accessory.
My Josiah Miller was a farmer.
While I was searching for information on my grandfather Josiah Miller I found:
William Henry Harrison Miller was appointed a Civil War Commander
President Lincoln promoted him to Brigadier General, a position he held for four years.
Was U.S. Attorney General from 1889 to 1893.
Practiced law in Fort Wayne, Peru and Indianapolis, Indiana.
Died on May 25, 1919 in Indianapolis.
Hence my question: Are there too many Josiah Millers?
Answer: Yes, when you have three of them in your family tree.